Border Crossing Review
(previously published in Border Crossing Journal, April 2015)
5 Stars: Superior/polite, efficient, helpful
4 Stars: Small details may annoy
3 Stars: Officious, challenging, usually on US side
2 Stars: Don’t like your bumper stickers, make you get out of car
1 Star: Inferior/may be detained for no reason/ rude interrogation
(Unfortunately the stars do not show up in this format.)
Northbound: Lynden/Aldergrove Crossing
Before planning your northern sojourn,
remember to activate
your data roaming. If in doubt,
call your carrier to see if this is free.
Tourist, travelers and truckers are fewer
than locals but don’t discount this one-womaned
border unit with a friendly officer inviting you
to enjoy your stay, eh? That is after you
hand over all the passports of passengers,
and answer a few questions about
tobacco, firearms, alcohol and a new restriction
regarding eggs and all poultry products
due to pathogenic avian influenza in the U.S.
Passports are returned with a smile.
Before you merge onto a Canadian road,
find that illusive little button that flips
miles to kilometers and cruise along
verdant pastures to find the open roads
of our sister country to the north.
Drawback: Lynden/Aldergrove border opens at 8:30 a.m.
This traveler was told the delayed opening
accommodates an adjacent dairy
which must milk the girls on standard time
and the border traffic interrupts
their flow. So drive mindfully
and check the time. Plan ahead.
There is no Nexus lane.
Upon leaving the province,
head south through a maze of construction,
“Oh, it’s the Canadians,” the U.S. border guard
will blame, but still with a smile
in this two lane option as squirrely
to maneuver as the Peace Arch.
It was an easy crossing that day,
with smiles and what did you bring back?
A skein of yarn, sir, and a full belly.
Well, welcome home, he said.
On your next mini international trip,
try an inland border crossing
and enjoy an exceptional experience.
Due to early morning border closing,
This 5 Star crossing
required an inconvenient drive
to Sumas during milking time.
Thus this rating
is only 4 Stars.
Border Crossing expert C.J. Prince has reviewed borders worldwide.
Find her monthly reviews here in Border Crossing Journal and in her
Syndicated column throughout North America.